It looks as though summer is finally arriving! and what better way to celebrate than to spend a lazy morning reading about two quite different but equally inspiring women!
Firstly, a fantastic piece over on [Needle'nThread](http://www.needlenthread.com/default.html) by [Trish Burr, split in to parts 1](http://www.needlenthread.com/2008/05/trish-burr-on-embroidery-books-more.html) [and two](http://www.needlenthread.com/2008/05/trish-burr-needlework-publishing-and.html)
Trish is author of one of my very favourite embroidery books [Redoute's finest flowers in embroidery](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Redoutes-Finest-Flowers-Embroidery-Milner/dp/1863512934/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210420747&sr=1-2).
My mum bought it for me a few Christmases ago and I had to buy her a copy of her own for mother’s day in order to get my copy back!
The article is full of …..
Sorry bit of an interruption there – a big cry from the kitchen, Duncan sliced his finger rather than the cucumber.. I did everything right – wrapped the finger tightly in a clean tea towel – got him to apply pressure and hold it above his heart and then I panicked!!
I remember now I’m rubbish in an emergency!
However, a couple of plasters and control of the remote for the afternoon and I think he’ll live!
Anyway, sorry for the break – check out the piece on Trish’s book – there are some amazing photos – definitely worth taking a peak! – and she talks about how she became interested in embroidery and how she came to write these amazing books.. I’ll almost certainly be ordering her [new book](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crewel-Surface-Embroidery-Milner-Craft/dp/1863513779/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210513671&sr=1-4)! In fact I’ll probably have to get 2 copies!
The second piece is an interview by the lovely Lisa Lam [with the inspiring Amy Butler](http://www.sparkplugging.com/craft-boom/crafting-heroes-interview-with-amy-butler-pattern-fabric-designer-and-author-extraordinaire/#comment-1084)
Amy talks about how she got started and built up the business and has some great advice for people starting out.. I’ll be rereading and taking notes!! But the essence I think was to start simple and focussed with an etsy or ebay store to feel the market out.. which I guess I know, but I’m still experimenting to find my focus and building up the courage to try! – my wedding in 6 weeks time is a good excuse to procrastinate for now!
By the way if you like the look of Amy’s new crockery line at [Mikasa](http://www.mikasaandcompany.com/control/main) (I know I do!) there are some [closer photos here](http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/2008/04/new-amy-butler-pattern-for-mikasa.html).